Guglielmo leads Hopkins, 33-7

September 11, 1993|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Staff Writer

EWING TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Quarterback John Guglielmo made a triumphant return from a one-year absence with an outstanding first half, and cornerback Chad Van Den Berg followed suit by intercepting three passes in the second half, as Johns Hopkins rolled to a 33-7 victory over Lebanon Valley in the season opener for both teams at Homewood Field last night.

Guglielmo, a senior who sat out for personal reasons last year after two All-Centennial Conference seasons, revived his old magic by engineering two first-half scoring drives. He completed 17 of 41 passes for 267 yards and two touchdowns.

"I was so excited to be out there. I was just so overwhelmed to get the [starting] assignment," Guglielmo said. "I would have like to have completed a few more passes. I've never played with this offensive line before. They really impressed me."

Said Hopkins coach Jim Margraff: "Since we didn't have a chance to scrimmage anyone, we were worried about how he would perform under pressure. Obviously, he answered those questions."

Guglielmo didn't take long to shake off the rust, as he turned two of the Blue Jays' first four possessions into touchdowns.

Thanks to some help from Lebanon Valley's special teams, Hopkins got on the scoreboard early. After the Flying Dutchmen stopped Hopkins on its opening possession in three plays, Keith Stambaugh fumbled the ensuing punt, which the Blue Jays recovered on the Lebanon Valley 24. Guglielmo then went to work.

Two runs by John Killar -- filling in for the injured Hari Lymon -- and a short run by Guglielmo gave Hopkins a first down at the 14. Then, on third-and-14, Guglielmo hit Matt Luciano for a 17-yard touchdown to give Hopkins a 6-0 lead with 10:56 left in the first period.

Guglielmo was just getting warmed up. Two possessions later, his big-play passes took the Blue Jays on a 78-yard drive. First, he hit Kevin Neal for 46 yards. On the next play, he hooked up with Luciano for 13 more to the Lebanon Valley 25.

Following two runs by Bob Beach that moved the ball inside the 10, Guglielmo danced through a handful of pass rushers before hitting Luciano with an 8-yard touchdown, but the score was nullified by a clipping penalty. No problem. On third-and-32, Guglielmo went right back to Luciano for a 32-yard pass that gave Hopkins a first-and-goal.

Luciano then dropped a touchdown pass, which was followed by a delay of game penalty against the Blue Jays that pushed the ball back to the 8. On third down, Guglielmo found Pete Lambis over the middle on the goal line. With 1:48 left in the quarter, Hopkins led, 12-0.

Lebanon Valley, which managed only one first down on its first three possessions, then broke out of its slump with a trick play. On fourth-and-7, punter Mike Hartman hit a wide-open Stambaugh down the left sideline. The play covered 47 yards to the Hopkins 9. Three plays later, Lebanon Valley quarterback Kirk Seesholtz hit B. J. Fry with a 10-yard touchdown pass. Kirk Stiffler's extra point pulled the Flying Dutchmen within 12-7 with 14:01 left in the first half.

Guglielmo completed 12 of 28 passes for 201 yards in the first half. Had the Blue Jays not dropped four passes, those numbers would have been more impressive.

Trenton State 24, Salisbury State 0

EWING TOWNSHIP, N.J.-- Scott Dickson ran for two touchdowns of 42 and 11 yards as Trenton State spoiled the Sea Gulls' season opener.

Scott Shea opened the scoring for Trenton State (1-0-1) with a 22-yard field goal and went 3-for-3 on extra-point opportunities.

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